Jackie Anderson was elected as the Houston Federation of Teachers President in 2020. Prior to her election she served as, HFT Building Co-Steward, HFT Secondary VP and HFT Secretary- Treasurer. In her leadership roles, Jackie led the development of HFT’s Leadership Development Program and served as HFT representative on the Houston ISD Special Education Ad Hoc Committee for by Former Superintendent Richard Carranza. Jackie has also served on the District Advisory Committee. In 2017, Jackie co-founded Houston United for Strong Public Schools to advocate for students and elect champions for public education in Houston. Jackie also serves as President of the Harris County Labor Assembly. A lifelong resident of Houston, Jackie worked as a middle school Special Education Teacher for 33 years in her teaching career.
Jackie is married and has one son. She is blessed with four granddaughters. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Hadassah Chapter #03, Order of Eastern Star, AF & AM. Jackie also serves in her community as a street captain.
As a retired Special Education Teacher of thirty-three years. I have always been a union member and an advocate for children and now teachers and workers in HISD and my community. When I retired from HISD in December of 2019 I went to work continuing my advocacy. “I am humbled and yet proud serve as President of the Houston Federation of Teachers Local 2415.”
My concern for workers and worker rights has always been paramount. My concern for the last and least has compelled me into service. At the same time, I realize that the accomplishments that have been made are too precious to lose. We cannot allow those that are divisive and self-promoting to impede future progress. We cannot afford to lose ground. “United,” we will not.
I want to leave this world a better place than the one I have lived in. A world where opportunities are a reality for all. I believe that unions are the mechanism to achieve this goal. Although I view myself as a behind the scenes person, I do not mind taking the lead if need be. However, I too believe that power built is power shared. Collectively and collaboratively, we can sustain what we have accomplished and united we can achieve more success and gain great ground. I believe in organized labor, racial justice, and the democratic process.
Jackie Anderson | HFT President